Our Team

Our hand-picked medical team here at The Cooden Medical Group consists of highly experienced doctors, surgeons and nurses, all leading specialists in their respective fields, offering pioneering non-surgical vein treatments, cardiology, urology, ENT, general surgery and gastroenterology and the latest in medical aesthetics.

  • Dr Mohamad Faris
  • Mr Ali Hussain
  • Mr. Bjorn Telgenkamp
  • Dr Joel Newman
  • Dr Suneeta Kochhar
  • Dr Katherine Dickinson
  • Amanda Combes
  • Jodie Betts
  • Shannen Woods
  • Fae Collins
  • Miss Mini Nair
  • Mr Steve Garnett
  • Dr Phillip Mayhead
  • Dr Qaiser Malik
  • Mr John Pereira
  • Dr Mohamad Faris

    Dr Mohamad Faris


    Dr Mo Faris is the Founder of The Cooden Medical Group and is a leading Interventional Radiologist, who performs cutting edge vascular and non-vascular interventional radiology procedures including; Aortic stent grafts and complex arterial below knee intervention. He has a particular interest in treating venous disease with the latest technologies. Dr Faris is the leading Interventional Radiologist at East Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust, and the former clinical director.

  • Mr Ali Hussain

    Mr Ali Hussain

    BDS (Lond); MFDS RCS (Edin) 2002; MSc Implant Dentistry (KCL)

    Special interest in aesthetics and dental implants GDC Number 80214

    Ali qualified in 2001 from the United Medical and Dental School (UMDS) of Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals, London. After completing his vocational training year, he worked as a Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon at The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Wexham Park Hospital in Slough as well as stints at hospitals in Wolverhampton, Halifax and Bradford, gaining extensive experience in all aspects of surgical dentistry especially surgical extraction of wisdom teeth.

    During this time he gained his membership of the Royal College of Surgeons. a member of The Society for Advancement of Anesthesia in Dentistry. He focused on oral surgery carrying out regular general anesthetic lists at Bexhill Hospital. Ali also spent over three years working in other private dental practices gaining extensive experience in restorative dentistry, before starting Little Common Dental Practice in 2007.

    Mr Hussain works as a specialist consultant at The Cooden Medical Group focusing on injectable treatments, including dermal fillers and Botox®.

  • Mr. Bjorn Telgenkamp

    Mr. Bjorn Telgenkamp

    Mr. Bjorn Telgenkamp is a consultant vascular surgeon who runs a clinic at the Cooden Medical Group to treat patients with varicose veins and other venous problems. He also carries out procedures to remove skin lesions.

    He began his training as a general and vascular surgeon in Maastricht, Holland and went on to develop his skills in Germany and London. One of his sub-specialisms is endovascular surgery which uses minimally invasive surgical techniques to repair damaged veins.

    Mr Telgenkamp is based in Sussex and works at Brighton & Sussex University Hospital, The Conquest Hospital in Hastings & Eastbourne District General Hospital. He is the chair for the Sussex Diabetic Foot steering group.

  • Dr Joel Newman

    Dr Joel Newman

    Bachelor of Science in Anatomy with Biomedical Sciences
    Chair of East Sussex Division British Medical Association 2014

    Dr Joel Newman is a Consultant Haematologist specialising in the diagnosis and management of anaemia, and the investigation and care of patients with myeloproliferative disorders (including myelofibrosis), myelodysplastic syndromes, leukaemias, lymphoma and myeloma, as well as other blood disorders.

    Trained at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals, Dr Newman who is a Specialist Advisor to the CQC, has practiced throughout the SE England, including specialist training in Haematology at King's College Hospital. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and is a substantive Consultant Haematologist at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust plus the Clinical Lead for Pathology at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

  • Dr Suneeta Kochhar

    Dr Suneeta Kochhar

    MB BS, BSc, MRCS (2007), MRCGP (2010), DFSRH, DRCOG, DPD

    Dr Suneeta Kochhar runs a specialist skin clinic at Cooden Medical Group where she offers advice and treatments for a range of skin imperfections including the removal of moles, skin tags, lipomas (fatty lumps), cysts and warts.

    Dr Kochhar is also a skilled aesthetics practitioner with IQ Level 7 in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine. Her in-depth understanding of aesthetics procedures is complemented by her dermatology specialism and means she can offer her patients optimum treatments for anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation.

  • Dr Katherine Dickinson

    Dr Katherine Dickinson


    Dr Dickinson is a Consultant Cardiologist and Aesthetic Physician. Her personal and holistic approach to skin care sets her apart. She has undertaken extensive training and has international expertise in skin rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction, non-surgical face-lift, dermal fillers and injections of muscle relaxants. Dr Dickinson has vast experience in light and laser therapies and has worked with a variety of lasers including vascular and ablative lasers and IPL. Dr Dickinson has been a Consultant Cardiologist, at the Conquest Hospital since 2007.

  • Amanda Combes

    Amanda Combes

    Amanda is a registered nurse with over 20 years of hospital-based experience. She qualified in 1995 and has specialised in several areas including cardiology and diabetes as well as aesthetic medicine. Amanda was drawn to aesthetics as she enjoys helping patients feel good about themselves and divides her time between Cooden Medical Group and the Conquest Hospital, where she works as a diabetes specialist nurse.

    Amanda offers wrinkle relaxing injections and dermal fillers at her clinic at Cooden Medical Group. Also a nurse prescriber, she can prescribe injectables and prescription-only skincare regimes.

  • Jodie Betts

    Jodie Betts

    Jodie is a highly qualified aesthetic practitioner with an NVQ level 4 in Advanced Beauty Therapy. She also has qualifications and experience for specific procedures including ELOS (laser); IPL (Intense Pulse Light) and ZO Stimulator Peel (chemical peel).

    She loves helping her clients to feel better about their appearance and understands how looking good can help you feel good.

    Jodie is a busy mum-of-four who enjoys reading, baking and keeping fit by going to the gym. She is also a keen runner and has taken part in several local races including the Bexhill 5K and the five-mile Christmas Pudding Dash. How she finds the time we do not know!

  • Shannen Woods

    Shannen Woods

    NVQ level 3 in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complimentary Therapies

    NVQ level 4 in Laser and Intense Pulsed Light Treatments

    Aesthetics practitioner Shannen has been with Cooden Medical Group for five years. As well as being our laser hair removal expert, she is also a very knowledgeable about the symptoms and physical appearance of problem veins. As Vein Advisor Shannen offers free consultations for patients who are unsure whether they have varicose or thread veins and directs them to the appropriate consultant.

    Shannen she also carries out skin and rejuvenation procedures and is qualified to NVQ level 4 in laser and pulsed light therapies.

  • Fae Collins

    Fae Collins

    Fae is a beauty therapist at Cooden Medical Group. She has an NVQ level three in beauty therapy and is experienced in spa and beauty therapy.

    She is passionate about results-driven treatments that can help people feel more confident about their appearance.

    In her spare time Fae enjoys spending time in her garden and has recently begun growing her own vegetables.

  • Miss Mini Nair

    Miss Mini Nair

    Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

    Mini Nair is a local Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

    After completing her basic medical training in New Delhi, she went on to higher specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in southeast England.

    She has additional training in colposcopy, minimal access surgery and management of utero-vaginal prolapse and is particularly interested in helping women manage problems caused by the menopause.

  • Mr Steve Garnett

    Mr Steve Garnett

    BSc MB BS FRCS (urol)

    Mr Garnett specialises in general and laparoscopic urology including prostate disease & oncological oncology kidney surgery – laparoscopic & open, nephrectomy & partial nephrectomy, laparoscopic pyeloplasty, and kidney cancer. He also performs vasectomies at our clinic. Mr Garnett runs the Sussex Prostate Centre and is Consultant Urological Surgeon and Head of Department for East Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust, where he is also the Clinical Lead for cancer.

  • Dr Phillip Mayhead

    Dr Phillip Mayhead

    MB BS, MRCP, MSc

    Dr Mayhead is a Consultant Gastroenterologist with a specialist interest in endoscopy, particularly endoscopic procedures relating to the treatment of jaundice and gallstone disease and advanced colonoscopy and the removal of polyps. Dr Mayhead has been a Consultant Gastroenterologist at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust since 2009 and is also the teaching leader for Endoscopy Services he is interested in the management of Inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome along with pancreatic disorders and the management of both upper and lower gastrointestinal symptoms.

  • Dr Qaiser Malik

    Dr Qaiser Malik

    Dr Qaiser Malik is a Consultant MSK Radiologist and Clinical Director of Radiology at MSE NHS Trust, one of the largest DGH trusts in the country. Dr Malik is the lead for MSK imaging at MSE NHS Trust.

    Dr Malik has a keen interest in musculoskeletal MRI and Ultrasound, including Ultrasound guided procedures such as steroid injections and PRP procedures. Dr Malik specialises in imaging and treating sports injuries, and has been involved in the care of elite athletes.

    Dr Malik graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine and intercalated with a First Class Honours BSc in Anatomy. As a physician Dr Malik gained the MRCP qualification.

    He trained in the East of England spending time at Norwich and Norfolk University Hospital and at the prestigious Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, obtaining the FRCR qualification.

  • Mr John Pereira

    Mr John Pereira

    John runs a cosmetic/plastic surgery clinic at The Cooden Clinic. In 1986 he started his medical training at Guy's Hospital in London and after completing his general surgical training he was appointed to the Thames Regional Specialist Training Programme in Plastic Surgery. John became a consultant at the world famous Queen Victoria Hospital (East Grinstead) in 2002 and has successfully treated thousands of patients since. He now concentrates on his own practice based in Sussex and now here at the Cooden clinic.

    He is fully trained in the UK and on the specialist register of the General Medical Council as a plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. John is a member of UKAAPS (UK Aesthetic Association Plastic Surgeons) and ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons). He travels to the USA yearly to assess the latest treatments and surgical advances in Cosmetic Surgery to bring the best and most cutting edge treatments back to Sussex. John specialises in Cosmetic surgery of the Face, Eyes, Ears, Breasts, Body, genitalia as well as Non-surgical procedures. The treatments that he offers at the Cooden

    Medical group includes:

    • Skin lesion removal
    • Upper/lower Blepharoplasty
    • Prominent ear correction (Pinnaplasty)
    • Earlobe repair
    • Labiaplasty
    • Gynaecomastia
    • Liposuction
    • Scar revision
    • Tattoo excision
    • Nano fat treatment

    Procedures needing a general anaesthetic or sedation can be consulted at the Cooden Clinic and treated at a local private hospital. This includes all aspects of cosmetic surgery of the face and body.

    John has been involved in many radio and television programmes including Sky’s “Extreme Makeover UK”, Discovery’s “My Naked Secret” and CH4’s popular “Embarrassing Bodies” show. John prefers to concentrate on his local patients however and provides a high quality personally delivered service, helped by his wife Beverley, Secretary Kim and the excellent staff at the Cooden Clinic.

Contact The Cooden Medical Group now on 01424 846190